WANT TO KNOW WHY HEMP FABRIC IS SUSTAINABLE?

04/05/2019

Hemp is a stellar fabric. Hemp use dates back to the Neolithic age in China. Hemp fiber prints were initially used in pottery. Slowly it made its place in clothing, shoes, ropes, paper, furnishing fabrics and curtain fabrics. Plant produce for fabric use has increased so much and so has the pollution due to fabrics. Hemp reigns among all fabrics due to its excellent properties in areas of cultivation, harvesting, processing, and utility. The only crop having the lowest impact on the environment has made it popular in the fabrics genre. The Textile industry is experimenting with Hemp like never before.

Fabric House boasts of an incredible Hemp Fabric Australia Collection to suit all your upholstery material and home furnishing needs. We give you details on why to believe in Hemp's all-time sustainability:

What is Hemp Fabric?

Hemp fabric is derived from the fibers of the Cannabis Sativa species of plants commonly known as Hemp plant. Hemp is one of the quickly growing crops cultivated in cooler climates. Hemp shows its full-fledged growth in about 4 months producing a higher amount of fiber than flax or cotton in identical land space. The hemp plant has thick growth; this prevents the growth of weeds in areas of Hemp as sunlight availability decreases. It is an Eco-friendly crop grown without pesticides, artificial fertilizers or GMO seeds. Hemp demands little water for irrigation. It is soil friendly as the plant-roots grasp soil preventing soil erosion. One of its unique crop features is that it restores the soil's nutrients back while promoting the growth of soil friendly microorganisms. As it is naturally biodegradable, it has transformed into a trending Eco-fabric worldwide.

The hemp plant is very economical as each and every part of it can be put to use in the market. Apparel, clothing, upholstery fabrics and material, paper, paints, animal and bird feed, bio-fuel, bio-plastics, shoes are the markets Hemp has invaded and established its place in. Hemp Fabric Australia is rough to touch and so it is commonly blended with fabrics like cotton, flax, silk, polyester to impart durability with a soft touch to the resulting fabric. Hemp Fabrics are routinely used in the production of kitchen towels, clothing, denim, aprons, bibs, skirts and a lot more.

Hemp contains in little or no amount the psychoactive ingredient of cannabis plant called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is a pleasurable drug. This small feature has made use of Hemp supervised by some governments.

How is Hemp Fabric made?

Industrial hemp is harvested only from the Cannabis sativa species. These are long slender plants and the resulting fibers obtained have extensive lengths.

Hemp Fabric is grown in the below fashion:

  • Cultivation of crop: The seeds are placed deep in the soil with specialized drills and equipment. This prevents weed growth. 
  • Harvesting: The crop used for fabric production is harvested just before the seeds develop.
  • Retting: The harvested crop is allowed to dry for a few days. Thereafter it is soaked in water so that the bacteria and chemicals break down the hemp fibers and loosen it up for use.

This is done in either way:

  1. Water retting
  2. Dew retting
  • Breaking
  • Scutching: Hemp stems are beaten to separate the necessary fibers from the stem core.
  • Hackling: Stem fibers are combed to eliminate particulate matter and to get the fibers aligned.
  • Roving & Spinning: The fibers are twisted to form threads that are then woven into yarn for commercial use.

Hemp Fabric compared to other natural fabrics

Hemp Fabric Australia has always been a winner when compared to other fabrics. Compare it to any fabric and you will see yourself how Hemp is the most super sustainable and Eco-friendly fabric of all time. Let us show you why you will fall in love with it when compared to other fabrics:

Cotton

Cotton is a very demanding crop. It is the largest pesticide needy plant. A lot of water is used at the time of cotton cultivation. Moreover cotton soaks up all the soil nutrients as it grows to make the soil null for succeeding crops to be grown on the same land. The time required for cotton plant growth when compared to Hemp is much more. Hemp, on the other hand, requires no pesticides, relatively less irrigation and is a soil-friendly crop; making it triumph in terms of sustainability.

Bamboo

Bamboo is a highly sustainable crop at par with Hemp when it comes to cultivation and harvesting. But the process involving the processing of bamboo is highly chemical regulated making bamboo lose all of its sustainability. This "viscose" processing makes bamboo more like rayon. Hemp has no such chemical regulated processing.

Recycled synthetics

Polyester, nylon, and rayon are some synthetic fabrics. They are basically man-made fibers that are not biodegradable. To use recycled synthetics is no doubt good because it prevents them from polluting the environment. But yes we cannot deny the truth that they are after all originally non-biodegradable and derived from oil, unlike Hemp which is a plant product.

Linen

Linen fabric is similar in look and texture when compared to Hemp. Linen is a naturally biodegradable product as it is obtained from the flax plant stem.

So it is highly sustainable when in comparison to Hemp. The only few features that make Hemp more sustainable is that hemp can be grown in any season, unlike linen. Besides the crop produce that Hemp delivers in a given land space is much high when compared to linen. Also, hemp can be grown every 2-3 years whereas linen can be grown at least after every 6-7 years in the same land area.

Hemp is not an environment polluter when compared to other fabrics; so, without doubt, it is the most sustainable fabric.

Benefits of Hemp Fabric

  • Pest -resistant
  • Naturally biodegradable
  • Soil friendly crop
  • High yielding crop in comparison to cotton, flax.
  • Can be easily blended with other fabrics to give better properties
  • The Hemp plant is used in entirety. The seeds stem and leaves are all utilized to produce different products. So it is a highly economical crop to grow.
  • Hemp fabric has good drape
  • Naturally maintains body temperature
  • Antimicrobial properties
  • Absorbent
  • UV rays resistant
  • Retains dye color better.
  • Highly durable and long term fabric.

Fabric House offers a decent collection of Hemp Fabric Australia. Hemp in the form of upholstery material, upholstery fabric, and furnishings is available on our online site.

Conclusion

Hemp is a magical super Fiber. The upholstery arena has never come across such a remarkable and highly sustainable product. Yes, Hemp is definitely the most sustainable fabric of all times.

Let Hemp make a place in your home furnishings today. Make your home decor Eco-friendly with Hemp.

Use Hemp, Save Planet Earth.


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